[ESIP-all] IT Manager Job Posting

Eric Fegraus efegraus at conservation.org
Thu May 19 15:01:49 EDT 2011


Please see below for a position we are hiring for at Conservation
International. The link to apply is at the bottom.

Eric H. Fegraus
Director of Information Systems
Tropical Ecology, Assessment & Monitoring Network
Conservation International
2011 Crystal Drive, Suite 500
Arlington, VA 22202 USA
www.teamnetwork.org <http://www.teamnetwork.org>
www.conservation.org <http://www.conservation.org>

Position: Manager, IT
Location: United States - San Francisco Bay Area, San Diego or Santa
Barbara, CA

Job Description: 

Dimensions of Biodiversity Distributed Graduate Seminar (DBDGS) ­ IT Manager

The DBDGS will involve 15-20 universities and more than 100 scientific
collaborators in a series of distributed seminars focused on biodiversity
science. The IT manager will collaborate closely with the DBDGS coordinator,
who is based at the University of Washington, and in collaboration with the
coordinator, will develop and implement the project web site and web-based
communication tools. The IT manager will make and implement key decisions on
the portal (tools, technical software, etc), with input from all DBDGS
participants. The IT Manager will synthesize the functionality requests and
requirements that the DBDGS community generates and prioritize the portal
and database development activities. An internationally distributed seminar
requires that seminar teams communicate with each other to share ideas,
share data and discuss analytic approaches. As a result, emphasis will be
placed on social networking and collaboration tools (e.g., wiki¹s,
discussion forums, news feeds, etc), crowd sourcing and other related tools.
Technical responsibilities include collecting technical requirements,
building and implementing databases and web-based collaboration tools;
create and maintaining web- based interfaces for data entry and checking;
and assist students with synthesis and analyses of ecological and
biodiversity data. In addition, this position will provide data
visualization support, website and graphic user interface development and
management, and communication support to the entire DBDGS. This individual
also will ensure that the DBDGS database is a metadata-driven system that
complies with existing metadata standards for ecology and other disciplines.
The IT Manager is supervised by the Director of Information Systems for the
Tropical Ecology, Assessment and Monitoring (TEAM) Network and will work
extensively with key IT partners to leverage the existing TEAM Network
cyberinfrastructure. Preferred locations are: San Deigo, CA - Santa Barbara,
CA - SF Bay Area.
* Interpret and synthesize the functionality requests and requirements that
the DBDGS community generates in order to develop and implement solutions
* Develop and maintain DBDGS web site and web-based communication tools
* Build and implement web-based software tools, including database, common
use analytical tools and graphical interface that are needed to support
distributed seminars
* Assist students with data analyses
* Participate in DBDGS working group meetings and meetings with project
* Other duties as assigned by supervisor
WORKING CONDITIONS: Working conditions will be in an office or working
remotely. Travel is required up to 20% time.
* Bachelors or Masters Degree in Computer Science or Environmental Science
with IT related skills.
* 3-5 years of related work experience.
* 1-3 years experience with management and statistical analysis of
biodiversity or ecological data.
* Experience with analytical software (e.g., R, MATLAB, SAS).
* Demonstrable PHP programming experience.
* Experience with Drupal and other CMS open source software ­ Including
adding, removing and customizing modules.
* Experience creating and managing databases (e.g., MySQL and PostgreSQL)
and writing SQL. 
* Experience with social networking tools and collaboration tools such as
wiki¹s, video conferencing, Facebook applications, etc
* Experience with Linux based operating systems
* Be capable of gathering software requirements from and clearly
communicating software concepts, issues and solutions to non-IT colleagues.
* Familiarity with metadata standards including Ecological Metadata Language
(EML), the Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata (FGDC), the NBII
Biological Data Profile, the Dublin Core Metadata Element Set, and the
Directory Interchange Format (DIF) and with comparable standards from the
genetics community.
* Experience working in a team environment.
* Excellent communication skills and easy to work with.
* Ability to successfully juggle multiple tasks and priorities in a
fast-paced, distributed work environment, where interactions are primarily
with non-IT colleagues.
* High degree of self-motivation and willing to learn new skills.


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